Adrian Peterson’s chance with Washington began when Derrius Guice tore his ACL in 2018. 

And almost instantly, he was one of the few bright spots on offense running behind a banged-up makeshift offensive line.  He found holes and yards where there were none, recording his 9th one-thousand-yard season.  

While that’s certainly impressive at the ripe old age of 33, (now 34) Peterson says he left too many plays on the field. “I look at last year and think about what if this didn’t happen or that didn’t happen, I could have reached 1500 easy,” he said.

But now, Guice is expected back. And the team is anxious to see how the younger running back fits.

“They are both different, but they are both explosive,” running backs coach Randy Jordan told NBC Sports Washington when asked how he planned on splitting the carries. “The thing is ideally you would like to see a 50/50, 60/40, however, the game goes through. But the thing is all those guys can play on first, second, and third down.”

But will a future Hall of Famer go for splitting the load? I asked if Peterson he’s OK sharing or wants to be RB1. “Of course that is my mentality to be that guy, that is what has kept me around for 13 years now, but at the end of the day, the coaches are the ones that make that decision,” he said. “Coach Gruden said we are going to do what is best for the team and best for the player so that’s all you can ask for, open competition.” 

As a side note, only two players have recorded thousand-yard seasons at age 34: John Riggins and J.H. Johnson. Both are Hall-of-Famers. Let the competition begin.